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13 hours ago, Leaver said:

No doubt there are nice hotels and resorts here, but step outside them and what awaits you? 

 

There's nothing in Pattaya City to attract high end tourists.  Certainly not the beach.

As I stated, high end hotels are certainly an attraction, people like to get away and a drive from Din Daeng to Thonglor isn't getting away for the weekend. And why do you think high end tourists don't like to let their kids run around on the beach and play on the sand? Now  they can park their Mercs nearby.... someone will push the motorbikes out of the way.

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15 hours ago, polpott said:

Name that restaurant. Please.

7-11 Prime

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21 hours ago, AbeNormal said:

no one denies the existence of DT

You must be new here. I could give you countless references stretching back 10 years, but members will find it "inflammatory" and report me if I quote their old posts that make them look stupid.

 

DT was in fact once not just ignored, and now denigrated, but downright inconceivable. Hence one our greatest classical TVF Economists, also the discoverer of the critical Stalls Of Doom Indicator (stalls in front, or back, of a mall signal its imminent bankruptcy), prophesied doom from the start in 2009 of CentralFestival:

 

Central World is going to fail, just like The Avenues. Anyone stupid enough to build a place that charges Bangkok prices in a small tourist resort town deserves to go bankrupt.

 

The peanut gallery all promptly chanted their blessings and sneered at the high priced goods on offer no one would buy. True, the mongers wouldn't and couldn't--the only possible tourists! Who did? Thai and other international tourists. As that's impossible, TAT: TVF refuses even today to see any shoppers in CentralFestival, T21, or in any Thai shopping mall--they're invisible--and came up with money laundering and aircon as explanation. 🤣 You can show a pic of a crowded mall and the response will be, "I don't see any farang." It's in fact empty.

 

21 hours ago, AbeNormal said:

your reference weekend was a long bank holiday granted as replacement for the non event songkran, it was a one off, to use that a marker for general domestic tourism is misguided 

 

This country like most others around the world are in deep s--t, Thailand does not escape that with a four day weekend every 6 months 

Try to argue ethically. I didn't use any one holiday weekend as a reference. There have in fact been several successful (in the relative sense) holiday weekends recently bringing in Thai tourists. Recently, but of course many more pre-COVID. Plus, a lot of domestic tourists come in on ordinary weekends. Now you may wish to check your calendar and find out whether Loy Kratong, Christmas, and New Year holidays will come sooner than 6 months from now.

 

Again, you must be new or failed to notice that domestic tourism has been a growing part of the Pattaya economy starting maybe 10 years ago. It was partly owing to the traffic jams generated by DT that an extra lane was added to Beach Rd.

 

And you've erected the usual straw man argument and of course a silly exaggeration. Nobody said or has made even the slightest implication that DT will fully compensate for the lack of international tourism. Not only does everyone (oh, including Thais) know it, everyone has always known. Hence some Authority comes up with a new plan weekly for getting international tourists back. Now that's SO disappointing that we're just gon' have to ignore the fact and repeat the obvious daily here as if it's some new & brilliant revelation for the stupid Thais.

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Just now, BigStar said:

The peanut gallery all promptly chanted their blessings and sneered at the high priced goods on offer no one would buy. True, the mongers wouldn't and couldn't--the only possible tourists! Who did? Thai and other international tourists. As that's impossible, TAT: TVF refuses even today to see any shoppers in CentralFestival, T21, or in any Thai shopping mall--they're invisible--and came up with money laundering and aircon as explanation. 🤣 You can show a pic of a crowded mall and the response will be, "I don't see any farang." It's in fact empty.

 

There are clearly some Malls, Opticians, restaurants and bars that appear to have incomes other than from real customers.

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19 minutes ago, BigStar said:

Now that's SO disappointing that we're just gon' have to ignore the fact and repeat the obvious daily here as if it's some new & brilliant revelation for the stupid Thais.

What is genuinely disappointing is that DT's will fail to rescue even one business in Pattaya. A drop in the ocean compared to the big picture.

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23 hours ago, Leaver said:

No doubt there are nice hotels and resorts here, but step outside them and what awaits you? 

 

There's nothing in Pattaya City to attract high end tourists.  Certainly not the beach.

What awaits you ? Maybe another new construction project like this  new one right on top of a fairly newly completed (well done) sidewalk. 

Dolphin-Dusit curve. Not really conducive to walking out and shopping in the surroundings 

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